Facial Nerve Blocks
Facial pain from irritated nerves, muscles or tendons can be caused by a variety of conditions. The pain can impact facial function and your appearance. Interventional pain management offers direct pain relief, calming irritated nerves and interrupting pain signals at the source. Ospina Medical offers facial nerve blocks for acute and chronic conditions at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.
Nerve block injections are used to target specific nerves to block pain signals to the brain. These injections typically include a local anesthetic and a steroid. The local anesthetic will numb the area for a few hours, giving temporary relief. The steroid is used to block nerve pain for days or weeks, depending on the nerves treated and the condition. Most patients will notice the effects of the nerve block 3-5 days after the injection. For chronic facial pain, treatments may be needed every few weeks or months to maintain relief.
Conditions Treated with Facial Nerve Block Injections
Viruses, neuralgia and other conditions can cause facial pain. Shingles, or herpes zoster, infection can cause a rash and nerve pain on one side of the face. Trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) can cause asymmetrical chronic facial pain. Facial nerve blocks are injected at the source of pain, blocking the nerve pain signals. Facial nerve blocks offer targeted pain relief and reduce the use of dangerous pain medications, like opioids.
If you have severe or chronic facial pain and want alternatives to opioids and other pain medications for treatments, contact our team at Ospina Medical. We offer facial nerve blocks as one of our interventional pain management treatments at our New York City clinic. Contact our office to schedule your appointment to discuss treatment options for facial pain with one of our pain specialists.